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Eco-friendly Celebrations: Karnataka Government says ‘No’ to Plaster of Paris and ‘Yes’ to Clay-based Idols for Ganesh Chaturthi

The initiation of this rule was done in the village of Hullolhutti three years ago by the chairman of the Karnataka State Temperance Board, Mr. Sachidananda Hegde

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Lord Ganesha, Ganpati Bappa
Lord Ganesha, popularly known as Ganpati Bappa is a prominent god in Hindu mythology. Sankashti Chaturthi is celebrated to honour Hindu Lord Ganesha. Wikimedia

Karnataka, Sept 08, 2016: Amidst the sparkling and glittering celebrations of the most awaited Ganesh Chaturthi, the government of Karnataka has zeroed in on a rule in order to protect the environment and maintain the decorum and decency of the society.

The rule states the ban on idols made out of Plaster of Paris and also the prohibition of alcohol consumption for ten days during the festival, in the state. The rule though was declared this year itself, but due to the unawareness of the public, they were relaxed for the current year but will be strictly imposed from the very next year.

The initiation of this rule started three years ago on the villagers of Hullolhatti of Hukkeri taluk, by the chairman of the Karnataka State Temperance Board, Mr. Sachidananda Hegde. In an overwhelming wave of surprise, the proposal was humbly welcomed by the people of Karnataka that portray their sensitivity and accountability towards environmental issues.

To bring this into effect and in the fight against pollution, there exists a family of the Badigers, who in order to play their part for the development of this festival in a more effective and eco-friendly manner has started the production of clay-based idols of Lord Ganesha, reported the Hindu.

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This year in 2016, but for an aberration wherein two families brought PoP idols from outside the village, remaining 398 Hindu families observing the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations have installed clay idols. Not just that, even the 12 Ganesh Mandals have installed clay idols, which set a welcome example for others to emulate, mentioned The Hindu reports.

Lastly, the households and the pandals have also astoundingly agreed to not play any obscene Bollywood music during these ten days but rather keep the entertainment quotient high through playing devotional songs only.

 

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It is indeed truly inspiring for the entire nation to witness such shining instances of such esteemed social responsibility. The combined effects of the insightful government and the responsible citizens, this power-house festival is surely set to be beautified with the colors of decency and environment-friendly elements.

– prepared by Ayushi Gaur of NewsGram.

  • Jagpreet Kaur Sandhu

    Perfect move by government too!this doubles the celebration knowing your not affecting nature.

  • Ayushi Gaur

    Great initiative which should be followed by the entire nation with a firm law

  • Antara

    Protection of Nature above all! A great step taken by the Government.

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Narendra Modi Lashes Out at Karnataka Government Over Farm Loan Waiver

"Such a multi-level approach addresses the main issues that the youth of our country are faced with and empowers them to succeed in life," he said

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PM Modi said the BJP was not in politics for "divide and rule" or building vote banks.

Ridiculing the Karnataka government scheme to waive farm loans, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said it benefited a handful of farmers and the decision will go down in history as one of the “most cruel jokes” on them.

Interacting with BJP booth workers from Belagavi, Bidar, Davangere, Dharwad and Haveri in Karnataka through video conference, the Prime Minister also lashed out at the Karnataka government for the tussle over allocation of portfolios between the JD-S and the Congress ministers and accused them of indulging in corruption while ignoring governance.

“The farmers want attention. But those in power in Karnataka are steeped in arrogance. The common man wants development but those in power want only development of dynasty. People want corruption-free development, but they want development-free corruption,” he said.

The Prime Minister was responding to a query of a party worker from Belagavi who sought to know his views on the plight of farmers and other communities under the Karnatak government.

“What they have done in the name of loan waiver for the farmers will go down in history as one of the most cruel jokes on farmers. After six months in power, reports say the government could only benefit a handful of farmers with the loan waiver scheme. These people go around the country, claim credit for what they have done for the farmers. Will they also take credit for the farmers committing suicide?” Narendra Modi said.

His remraks come at a time when the BJP-led government at the Centre, which has a stated goal of doubling farmers incomes by 2022, is planning sops for the farmers as their plight has become a major cause for concern ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

The Congress has been portraying Modi-government as “anti-farmer” and had wooed voters in the recently concluded assembly polls in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan with farm loan waivers.

The Congress has promised farm loan waiver in Karnataka. Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, whose JD-S is a Congress ally, in his maiden Budget had announced that Rs 2 lakh farm loan till 2017 will be waived.

During his interaction, Modi also took a jibe at Congress for the ongoing tussle over allocation of portfolios among Congress ministers.

Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi (Wikimedia Commons)

“Everyday there is in news as to who happy and who is unhappy. And for what? For some ministerial posts. It seems as the people in power in Karnataka are only there to play musical chair. The poor want care but those in power are only interested in cabinet berths,” he said.

The Prime Minister said those in power think that just because they have formed a government by hook or by crook, they can get away with anything.

“The people of Karnataka and the people of India are watching. They will soon teach them a lesson,” he said.

He said when those in power have given up all the responsibilities of governance, the BJP’s responsibility towards the people increases.

“In such a situation, it is the duty of our party to voice the aspirations of the people and wake up the government. When those in power are not interested in the welfare of the people, it is the duty of our ‘karyakartas’ to become the voice of the people,” he said exhorting the party workers ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

During his interaction, Modi also touched upon several key issues concerning the people of Karnataka and the country at large.

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Comparing the state of affairs in Karnataka with rest of the country under the BJP-led governments, he described numerous measures and initiatives taken by his government in sectors like MSMEs, tourism and education that have transformed these sectors.

Concluding his wide-ranging interaction at Haveri, he talked about the approach of his youth-led governance policies having four core elements, a 4E approach — Education, Employment, Entrepreneurship and Excellence.

“Such a multi-level approach addresses the main issues that the youth of our country are faced with and empowers them to succeed in life,” he said. (IANS)